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Field Notes: The Loquat

Governor Reid is associated with the introduction of many plant species to these islands. The Loquat is an example, for it is recorded that Governor Reid obtained planting material of the Loquat from Malta about the year 1850 and established plants, presumably at Government House in Pembroke.  Since its introduction, the Loquat has thrived in Bermuda and is now found in practically every garden. Although introduced from Malta, it is a Japanese plant known botanically as Eriobotrya japonica. This plant is a member of the rose family which ...

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Bermuda Beasts: Eastern Bluebird

One of the most commonly spotted birds of Bermuda is the Eastern Bluebird. Blue in color and small in stature, bluebirds are expert nest builders and territorial when it comes to protecting their homes. Here are 5 other facts about bluebirds you...

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Bermuda Beasts: The Hurricane Spider

The Hurricane Spider, or Golden Orb-Weaver as it's officially known is a master at web construction. It builds conspicuous webs in trees, sometimes spanning narrow roads and although hurricane spiders feed on a variety of insects, their webs hav...

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Bermuda Beasts: Pilot Whale

With the news of a deceased baby pilot whale having been found at Devonshire Dock in the last week, we set to discover more about the pilot whale species. Here are 5facts about pilot whales we're betting you don't already know.   1. P...

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Bermuda Beasts: Queen Angel Fish

No matter how many times a Bermudian may see a Queen Angelfish while swimming or snorkeling or diving, the excitement upon spotting one never ceases. "Look, an angelfish!" one might say, pointing to the vibrantly-colored creature, alerting those...

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Pondering Petunias

I will always be grateful to petunias for getting me back to a pursuit I had followed as a child: gardening. I’m grateful as well to a friend and former teaching colleague who in the mid-’80s gave me the six-pack of petunia seedlings in the ...